How Marvel’s Black Panther Will Bring Respect To Superhero Films

There are superheroes like Captain America, Batman, Green Arrow, Superman, Wolverine, Iron-Man…Hulk.

And then there is Black Panther.

He isn’t a science experiment. He isn’t a Super Soldier. He isn’t an X-Man. He is no Billionaire Playboy. He is no Alien.

He is a King.

King T’Challa of Wakanda.

A man who pours hot wax on his enemies and stamps regal authority.

And he isn’t no clichéd White man nor is he a coloured man living in some adopted nation. He is T’Challa. He is the king of the world’s most technologically advanced nation. He is a man who is well versed in numerous languages. He is sound in his arguments and boasts superior intelligence to his peers. He is an alumni of the world’s most prestigious universities and leader of the Panther clan.

He is Black Panther. He is no loony superhero with a vengeance or a twisted definition of justice wearing tights and prancing around running away from authorities. He is a king. And people often forget this.

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Christopher Priest, one of the comic book greats, had a long run on Black Panther. As the third volume of this iconic king of Wakanda, Priest penned Black Panther (62 issues, 1998-2003) and gave T’Challa real substance. An unmatched respect amongst Earthlings. Even the mighty Thor has to yawp and remind people who he is…an Asgardian Prince..and people still take him for granted. But never with T’Challa. He calls the Avengers his friends but is never really part of the superhero band. He never plays anyone’s tune. He marches on his own leitmotif.

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Hence, the Black Panther film will be really important to not only the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but to the image of Comic Book Movies itself. It will bring respect to the comic book industry. And we have Christopher Priest’s excellent character development to thank for.

And I’m really glad that Marvel respect the work done by Priest and in that honour they have soundly cast Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. Chadwick is a classy actor. He knows how to carry himself around. Having been the star of two acclaimed biopics, one concerning an African-American’s struggle and overcoming of racial segregation in early 1900’s America…it is commendable that Marvel saw in him the King and quickly declared him as the Black Panther.

The Black Panther storyline itself is a game changer. Aye, there have been several superheroes of coloured origin in comic books. But have any of them really stood out of the clichés that surround their races? I do not think so. There have been Muslim superheroes and superheroines, and African-Americans, and several others….but they’ve all given off a vibe of *O yeah…we are here to fill the equality vacuum*. It is only the Black Panther who really commands true and untainted authority. Intelligence. He is a brilliant character. He is a hard act to follow, someone who is worthy to look up to.

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Let me brief you on his history.

The Black Panther comics are very gritty in the manner that they are political and social in nature. They deal with the issues of inequality, rights of the commonwealth and other matters that concern the people. It is semi noir in nature and intelligently written.

T’Challa is the king of Wakanda, a fictional African nation the size of New Jersey. Wakanda – in Marvel Universe – is the most technologically advanced nation on earth. It is the only source of the magic metal Vibranium; the aforementioned metal has absorbing abilities, also it is impenetrable. Any blow against the metal leads to the metal absorbing the vibrations and the force that comes with the impact and strengthening itself even more. Captain America’s shield is made of the same metal, acquired by Iron Man’s father Howard Stark, albeit in questionable circumstances. It is also the same metal that the evil AI Ultron is made of.

Apart from being a mine for Vibranium, Wakanda boasts technological advancement in several aspects of science, medicine, security and engineering. Wakandan engineers are pure geniuses. Wakanda is respected and feared all over the world…it is always hidden from foreigners…just a wee less than Attilan…and has a tight foreign policy.

The people of Wakanda do not trust foreigners easily….and rightly so. They say the outside world is corrupted beyond repair and has not only forgotten basic morality but has also sadly forsaken humanity. They like to keep their country a safe haven for good will. Captain America loves it there.

T’Challa was crowned when he was just 14. His father T’Chaka died at the hands of Ulysses Klaw, T’Challa’s arch-nemesis played by Andy Serkis of Gollum/Smeagol fame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

T’Challa had received super strength, agility and immensely sharp senses through the consumption of a rare flower’s extracts. He was also anointed leader of the Panther clan, a spiritual and military faction of Wakanda, revered by one and all therein.

Hence, he has no superhero costume. The cat-suit he wears is a ceremonial garb and his name Black Panther is a title bestowed unto him by the sacred Panther Spirits.

T’Challa is a calculating man; he is a philanthropist, a scientist, an engineer, a martial artist, and a man boasting an I.Q equal to Sherlock Holmes. He is a clairvoyant solely through practice. He foresees politics and danger much before it is executed.

He is uncompromising in his values. He is a man who is all about staying true to his values and ethics. He is focused, resolute and unwavering.

He is often unrestrained when he puts his mind to something. He never issues an apology for controversial decisions that need to be taken in times of turmoil. He looks to the greater good, always counting potential casualty.

Such a hero…a king of an African nation unspoilt by any invasion from the west, a man whose nation stands on its own feet with no aid from any outside source. A hero who needn’t run away or hide from any authority; a man who isn’t an alien to earth, a man who is someone from amongst us yet superior.

boseman1-the-black-panther-chadwick-boseman-speaks He is a hero movie-goers do not need, but a hero we all truly deserve. It will be a delight to see Chadwick Boseman deal with the likes of the determined loyalist Hunter, the looney psychopathic schizophrenic murdering usurper Achebe and his arch nemesis, foe of his kin, slayer of the king, robber of his father’s soul, treacherous ambitious selfish man of heartless science: Ulysses Klaw.

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And aye…it will be a lot of fun to see our very dear Mister Ross too. (I smiled). Ross is the narrator of Black Panther’s adventures and exploits in the comic books written by Christopher Priest. He is a White House representative, an Oxford alumni who is a wunderkid, a strong lawyer…but also a geeky, nerdy, half shy-half cocky happy go lucky doof, a personal ambassador and representative of the United States to King T’Challa…and a great, loyal and adorable friend. He is Peter Parker with an acute angle. I cannot wait to see who is cast in that particular role. He is will be the comedy catalyst for the grim and rarely smiling T’Challa. Marvel films need to have comedy as must…and he is that doofus sidekick who will provide us with a ton of that.

Whatever storyline or storylines are used as inspirations for the live-action adaptation, it will be revolutionary. It is a shame that I need to wait till 2017 for the film. So long…so very long to wait.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

Arrow Season 3 Episode 10 Review: The Curious Case of Oliver Queen

SPOILERS GALORE 

How did that happen you ask? How did Oliver Queen return from the dead? How did he survive a Scimitar violating through his lower chest? How did he survive an easy 100 feet fall onto hard rock in harsh winter?

In retrospect, the CGI messed it up in the death scene. The blade clearly went through his lower chest but the prosthetic wounds in this episode show the blow a bit below. Anyway, he is dead as coal. And he ain’t blowin’ hot.

Over the winter break, after the shocking 9th episode, we all speculated…and specifically we all comic geeks were hell bent on on one theory; that when the show returns and consequently so does The Arrow, we will see him scuba dive in the Lazarus Pit. After all, that is the only realistic (in comic terms) explanation to his non-zombified neo-arrow toting-Jesus Christ return from the grave without a tombstone.

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And in this episode, throughout its airing – and before the conclusion – we were seeing almost all of our theories come true.

A) We were excited that Oliver will be gone for a long while and that we will have Ray Palmer and Arsenal suit up for a few episodes and kick some serious ass and have limelight on them.

B) We were excited to finally have the Canary back as Laurel.

C) We were excited that all the Oliver’s corpse dragging will continue up to the Lazarus Pit.

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But no.

While we yet do not know when Oliver will finally return to Starling City – which does not look so starling right now with tons of convicts on permanent release – we do know that we won’t have too much of Atom and Arsenal and Canary being under the theatre lights gaining all the applause.

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But the most disappointing aspect of the episode was…the reveal. With the standard flashbacks I was half expecting for things to go down south from our speculation city.

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And we got what we don’t deserve in the end: It was Katana who brought Oliver back to life. I simply do not know how she managed to do that, but she did it without giving Oliver a warm bath in the magic waters.

What a bummer.

Now I’m waiting for the next episode – as we see in the promo some ass kicking by the Canary. Boy, she learnt the moves under Wildcat!

I expected Oliver to make a late return though…but we cannot always have what we wish for…do we?

Arrow returns next week with the grand reveal: How Oliver did a Coulson and hi5ed Agents of Shield.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

Here’s Why The Suicide Squad Will Make For An Excellent Film.

Superhero team-ups are all cool and exciting, be it Justice League or the Avengers. But, come on…they bring a lot of melodrama and goody two shoes emotions with them. Well, technically the Avengers are less on the melodrama than the Justice League…anyway must not get into the Marvel vs DC conflict.

Then you have normal heist movie team-ups like the Fast & The Furious series. Well, they are raunchy and fun. But what truly makes for a totally bad-ass team up? Supervillains!

And the Suicide Squad is the raunchiest super powered team up one could assemble.

What have we here? Deadshot, Rick Flagg, Boomerang, Enchantress, Harley frickin’ Quinn and…the Joker!

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So, the 1st reason for Suicide Squad’s success is: Harley and the Joker together.

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They are played by Margot Robbie and Jared Leto…two excellent actors who have the right looks, ample eccentricity and the charisma to pull it off.

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I have already mentioned how Jared Leto is the perfect Joker. His immaculate Joker laugh, his facial features, his lanky frame and his success at being a great method actor…he is a showman…an eccentric showman, and isn’t that what the Joker is all about?

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Margot Robbie. She is a beauty with the right amount of crazy in her. I remember there was a scene in The Wolf of Wall Street..when she speaks exactly like Harley Quinn…eerie right? When she was conversing with Leonardo di Caprio, teasing him.

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I cannot wait to see the two hit it off on screen. Filming for the Suicide Squad starts in April this year. And the film releases in August 2016, a perfect birthday gift for me!

Then there are the other aspects of the Suicide Squad. A chance to see a band of villains with fiery egos trying to work together while creating a grand spectacle of destruction….don’t we love supervillain team-ups? All those fanboys at Screenrant saying this film will bomb are fools. This film will be a runaway success!

I want to see Harley being Harley…I hope any of you readers are reading the ongoing Harley Quinn series…there are 13 chapters out already and a Christmas special too. That Christmas one is a treat, if you know what I mean.

Secondly, I like Will Smith as Deadshot. As opposed to fanboys complaining over the change of race, Floyd Lawton in Batman: Assault on Arkham wasn’t exactly a Caucasian fellow and he looked similar to Will Smith. So, we mustn’t be complaining.

Rick Flagg and Boomerang will both be great conflict makers; they will have their very own squabbles and contests with Deadshot.

The Enchantress is a sexy one, though I do not mean Harley is any less sexy. But, it will be refreshing to see a magical element to the DC Cinematic Universe. I think she will have traits of Poison Ivy as well.

Thirdly, it is David Ayer directing. If anyone has seen Fury, they will know how good Ayer is at assembling rag tag mercenaries. And he knows how to choreograph his fight scenes. He loves assemble films and films with guns. Its his treat and he will share the goods with us gleefully. The film is in safe hands. Fury was an awesome film to watch. Ayer is both directiing and writing the script for the film. I am glad.

Fourthly, there will be a Batman cameo! Heck, if anyone has seen Assault on Arkham it could mean that it would be more than just a cameo for Batfleck. How bloody cool is that!

Fifthly, we will see this directly tie in with the future movies, with a potential brief conflict between The Joker and Batman.

I am losing my breath with nerdgasms right now.

Sixthly, there will be a cameo from Lex Luthor.

And Seventhly: Amanda Waller. Her name is enough.

To conclude, I think this will be the most entertaining DC film in the entire DC Universe…not grim and sombre and  tense, it’d be badass…with real badasses helming it.

Bring on the Suicide Squad Amanda Waller!

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

Jared Leto Is The Joker From The Killing Joke (And He Has Fulfilled Our Sadistic Desires)

Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have all played the Joker to great success, and I respect them for their hard work. Poor Heath lost his life in the process, may he rest in peace.

But, I’ve always been terribly annoyed by the fact that there has never been a single movie interpretation of the Joker exactly like the Joker of Detective Comics.

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We have never seen a lanky, lithe, slim faced, long jawed crazed diva version of the Joker ever. Personally, I do not accept a Joker who doesn’t look like the Joker. We’ve always had stout, broad faced and old jokers. It is irksome.

Thankfully, DC has finally answered our wants. And has given us Jared Leto the Joker. Jared Leto’s Joker is literally the singlemost awesomest thing in DC Cinematic Universe I am terribly terribly impatient to see. And the reasons for it are more than just valid. I want to see him pull off a Killing Joke joker in a Killing Joke film adaptation. I insist that The Killing Joke be adapted…this is the best time for it to be adapted. Jared Leto is the Joker, Ben Affleck is Batman.

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Jared Leto is:

a) Lanky and Lithe

b) Has played a nasal voiced Diva (Rayon in Dallas Buyers’ Club, the role that landed him an Oscar)

c) Is an eccentric showman

d) Has that slim face and long jaw and

e) Laughs exactly like the Joker.

It is truly obligatory then for every Joker fan and yet to be fan to eagerly anticipate The Joker’s reveal come August 2016 in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Or mayhap we will have him much before that through set photos, promotional photos and videos and teasers. 2016 cannot get better for DC!

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We finally have the Joker in our midst, and he will be the very embodiment of the Clown Prince of Crime. He will be regarded as the greatest Joker to ever grace live action. He is a brilliant method actor who transforms himself completely for the designated role: example Rayon.

And here is Jared Leto laughing exactly like Joker in this 14 second clip from a 2009 film.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis

6 Reasons Why Spiderman Should Be A Netflix TV Series

I have read far too many Marvel Comics (and a great many DC ones too), and my favourite superheroes lists is always huge and fluctuating. But, Spiderman is this one superhero who is not a favourite superhero of mine, but the one who is very dear to my wee heart. He has always held a special place because of how much I could relate to him ever since my childhood.

And this fondness for the web shooter’s comic series has resulted in me reading almost every single Spiderman comic issue out there. When I could buy no more, I started digital collecting; and well…digital collections are the best because I can have the entire comixology in my pocket, can read anywhere I go.

So here’s the Squealist-er Six!

1) Because We Can Have the Michael Buble Theme Song Every Single Week! *squeals like a little girl* 

IN ALL CAPS:

Spiderman! Spiderman!
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size.
Catches thieves- just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spidermaaaan! 

2) Andrew Garfield Will Always Be the Truest Spiderman/Peter Parker on the Big Screen

Even though I adored the first Spiderman film trilogy, Andrew Garfield just ripped my heart out and glued it on his web shooter because of his portrayal of Peter Parker. The same reason why I watched the Amazing Spiderman 2 FIVE times in the Cinema and several times hence; it is a film loathed by critics and fans alike for obscure reasons. Andrew-Garfield-Spider-Man-Comic-Con-Video

His portrayal of Peter Parker is immaculate. His dorkiness, and his cockiness and especially the way he weeps: when Uncle Ben dies and when…Gwen Stacy dies. That Gwen Stacy death scene had me in tears as if my tearducts were laced with napalm and needed the spark to explode.

That one scene – and the whole film showcasing Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker….the adorable Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s relationship…made the film kind of sacred to me.

And as much as I want Marvel to get the rights back from Sony, I – for the life of me – cannot see a recast of Peter Parker on the big screen happen. If you’re going to reboot Spidey, you just might retire Peter Parker for the big screen.

3) Spiderman Has Always Been a TV Adaptation Character

Now, that sounded weird, didn’t it? Yes, I guess it came off slightly wrong but that’s how it is. Even though Spiderman – until very recently – was the most bankable and famousest Marvel name (yes, that is a word – the Hobbits use it. I’m a Hobbit/Dwarf…hybrid…part Took).

Spider-Man19671-610x427But in terms of his storyline, he has always been best for TV, which is why the Spiderman television cartoon (the old school one) is the best Spiderman adaptation out there. [I do not count the Disney’s Ultimate Spiderman cartoon as a spiderman adaptation. It is a load of crap…because it uses the too gimmicky nu-marvel/nu-DC kiddy kiddy animation style.]

A great yet short lived almost-live action television series was the Ultimate Spiderman adaptation for cartoons..the one with real high graphics remember? Yeah. couch_comics_spiderman_coffee_redheads_mary_jane_watson_sitting_marvel_comics_j_scott_campbell_rip_wallpaper_1280x1024_www-wall321-com-the

The thing is, people are not satisfied with either Spiderman movie adaptations because the films try their best to include all things Spidey into really short screen time and have to end up making it too dramatic.

While, the true beauty of Spiderman is in the boy next door dramedy. Wouldn’t it be great to see Spidey in live action be just like Spidey in comics?

To see him romance both Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson, have the former live with him and the latter go jealous and make out in his basement while Aunt May eavesdrop? Them really being teens even though it is a dangerous world out there.

To see Peter’s school life, his extreme cockiness in full steam, and his many exploits around the Big City.

If there is a Spiderman tv show coming up, it will knock the Flash, The Arrow, Gotham, Agents of Shield, and every superhero show out of the park…because home is where Spidey makes the biggest impact.

2430639-screen_shot_2012_06_26_at_3.15.50_pmI would really love to see the uber flirty yet awkwardly geeky Peter Parker, and him dealing with J. Jonah Jameson and well…the innumerable awesome things that are in the comics. No need of a rush, no need of a calm-danger-spike-peak-calm plot track….just good old campy boy next door spidey going about his life doing what he does best: dealing with the awkwardness of his life.

We can have so much more of Mary-Jane and Gwen (yeah, I’ve always had a crush on those two) and Black Cat and loads of Aunt May motherly goodness. And his interaction with other street fighters of Manhattan.drinking-glasses

4) The Defenders Are On Netflix!

Aye, as is common knowledge by now: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones are all getting their own series on Netflix…with a super team series as the Defenders added. Now, we all know Spiderman is as much of a defender as he is an Avenger. 8865.spiderman disney xd.jpg-550x0

It would be great to see both Daredevil and Spiderman tackle Wilson Fisk from time to time.

5) The Spiderman Rogues Gallery In Its Entirety

The best thing about any superhero show, and a reason why I prefer superhero shows over superhero movies, is the display of the superhero’s entire rogues gallery. That’s the downside of superhero movies, we only get to meet the big bad. All other rogues that we so love….no chance for them. So that’s the best part about a Spiderman show.

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And it isn’t like Marvel cannot afford to pull of a Spiderman show featuring his rogues in full splendour….The CW – with a really modest budget – have been pulling off Flash week in week out with terrible effect! (I love saying terrible effect…its a phrase used by Gandalf a lot…I love Gandalf…well, I am Gandalf and Gandalf is me!)

So, it will not be an issue for billions minting Marvel Entertainment to give us a high end Spiderman show.

6) One Craves For More & More Spidey!

Yep. That was the sixth point. I mentioned it in bold because: its imperative to do so as its more & more spidey! and because I really wanted to use that 6th bullet point because it feels nice (to that irritated mind). So, yeah…here’s a subjectively pointless 60 more words; a-yep it is reaching the number, aaaand it does!

So, in conclusion… C’MON STAN THE MAN, SPIDEY IS THE DARLING OF YOUR LIFE AND OF THIS FAN….SO TELL FEIGE TO GO TO THE BANK AND GIVE US A NETFLIX SPIDERMAN!

Okay, I’m done.

Bye.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/Rafi

Daniel Brühl to Play Mephisto in Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange & Avengers: Infinity War

I had been wondering how and when will we be introduced to the character of Mephisto in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the original politician, the supreme briber, the whisperer of chaos. And he corrupts the will of all – from a harmless child of eight in an alley in Brazil to the Mad Titan Thanos.

He is the trader of souls and a desirer of the Infinity Gems…and he has – throughout history – plotted the downfall of nations.

So, it would be very natural for Marvel to add him as a villain in Captain America: Civil War come 2016. And the casting of German-Spanish actor Daniel Brühl in an unnamed villainous role for the film – with possible antagonistic main role in the Doctor Strange film four months later – got my mind deducting (see what I did there?) . And within seconds – as I bent my will to create – I traversed to this fully formed plane of thought:

If Marvel have cast Daniel Brühl as Mephisto, it is a brilliant choice. The myth of Faustus and Mephistopheles, the source for the Marvel villain’s conception is German folklore. Daniel Brühl has a prevailing German accent and he is exactly the type of actor who can nail cunning egotistical villainous roles: much more than being Loki and exactly being the devil himself. Daniel Bruhl - 3

Daniel Brühl has that face, and particularly that smile (and that glint in his eyes when he does so) that by default gives you a vibe of “that man has something up his sleeve.” And his voice also is great for a sinister role.

In Captain America: Civil War, he can assume the role of adding faggots to the flame when the superheroes are embroiled in a cold war over the Superhuman Registration Act. He can be that whispering devil who can keep the embers lit, the man behind the shadows revelling in the collapse of superhuman brotherhood.

Mephisto loves chaos and discord, apart from hoarding souls. Daniel Brühl would relish this role for sure.

And then we can see Mephisto directly lead into Doctor Strange.

As is speculated, there won’t be any origin story to Doctor Strange…most likely flashbacks to it. And I believe that will be so as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Stephen Strange is name dropped as someone who is considered a threat by HYDRA. It can only mean that he is an already established superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The only viable way for Kevin Feige and his knights – Scott Derrickson and co – to weave Doctor Strange with the rest of the films is by having Mephisto play a common threat.

It is very likely that Dormammu will not be the main villain in the first Doctor Strange film. And I for one do not want Baron Mordo to be the prime antagonist either. As much as I love everything about the Sorcerer Supreme’s world, I do not fancy Baron Mordo much.

So, a better choice would be to keep Mordo as a minion (as he always is) and keep Mephisto as the main threat. Mephisto can be shown as someone who has had the chance to get his hands on the Soul Gem. At the same time, Mephisto finds it a great opportunity – being given the seed of the vile thought by someone else (maybe Doctor Faustus the other Marvel villain)…to at first cause a great discord on Earth via the chaos of fluctuating desire…something which was a storyline in The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange volume 1 (2010)…and then go for the Infinity Gem itself.

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We can first see Doctor Strange tackle the issue of a collapsing economical and psychological system throughout the world, something which can be the byproduct of a Civil War which creates fear in people of Superheroes and Governments both and causes them to take matters in their own hands and fix the world itself. Of course no superhero or organisation knows how to stop this mysterious wave of rebellion and good will. But Doctor Strange knows that it is something that is being perpetuated by forces from the astral plane.

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He will then investigate and tackle Doctor Faustus, who can be shown as the Doktor of the comic issue, by admitting himself in a mental asylum. Therein we can see in flashbacks how Doctor Strange came to be the Sorcerer Supreme. Benedict Cumberbatch can throw in bits of his Imitation Game and Van Gogh for this sequence. We can see these flashbacks during a confrontation with Doctor Faustus. As Doctor Faustus tries to mess with his mind, we will see Stephen Strange’s past.

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After this sequence comes to an end, we can then see Doctor Strange face Mephisto. In his dealings and duellings with Mephisto, he unravels Mephisto’s plan to get hold of the Soul Gem.

This would lead Doctor Strange through several perils in the astral plane that we can enjoy (that sounds sadistic on my part, and yours too as you smiled as well. I know…I am a Sorcerer).

The Soul Gem is in the possession of Adam Warlock, who is imprisoned in the Soul Realm, and we can finally have a way to introduce Adam Warlock into the fold as well.

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I do not know how the other elements will be tackled…but I’m guessing one of Strange’s great foes: Nightmare…will be featured in the movie as well. So…yes…Mephisto doesn’t have to be the only baddie of the film.

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And at the end of the film – or somewhere in  its midst – we can see an interaction between Thanos and Mephisto and a plotting that can possibly lead to the acquisition of the Soul Gem by the Mad Titan. Maybe the failure to acquire the Soul Gem leads Mephisto to pledge his allegiance to Thanos for his own sinister purposes, as he has always desired to get a hold of all the Infinity Stones.

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This way we will then have Mephisto established as the counsellor, first minister, whisperer of insanity to Thanos.

Fuelling the Mad Titan’s vain yet innocent desire to see the universe die to please his lover Lady Death and when – as it happens in the infinity saga – Thanos has all the gems in his hold, and has blasted his foes to nothingness, get the Infinity Gauntlet for himself and feast upon not only the gazillion souls Thanos forced to wander, but also the physical realm.

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This sounds perfect to me a plot….connecting the human, the astral and the cosmic realms seamlessly through one entity who is almost always blamed for the cause of all things destructive and evil: the Devil Mephistopheles himself.

Disclaimer: If – by any chance this article does get a lot of viewership – I would request people posting the theory on other websites to cite the source of this theory…that is My Geekdom Come.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis/Rafi

Random Marvel Fanboying #1

There are several reasons why I religiously follow Marvel Comics.

1) The Name:

There is DC Comics, which is literally Detective-Comics Comics. And then there is Marvel Comics.

Marvel. It makes such a statement. There is confidence in the name. “We will Marvel you.” “We are Marvel.”

2) The Creative Community:

The people at Marvel Studios – be it at the comics, animated or live action offices – never treat themselves with snobby professionalism. They are fanboys. From the Kirby & Stan Lee days to the Whedon brothers and Feige….they are all fanboys.

You always feel a strong sense of enjoyment. Marvel feels like a family, rather than a company. They connect with their fans and always do their best to create an omnipotent environment for everyone linked to the comic universe.

3) The Fictional Universe

I follow DC…yes. I love comics that are under the DC banner. They have brilliant writers with some amazing storylines. But DC’s universe isn’t really a connected one. You get a sense of intimacy in its stories and the scope never seems universal….except when they need to reboot it all and play the crisis on infinite earths card.

Marvel – on the other hand – have this knack for connecting everything with everything. Every comic in Marvel is connected to every other comic in Marvel. That’s how it is with Marvel. The existence of several alliances and the relations shared between them makes for a truly connected universe.

SHIELD, The Avengers, The X-Men, The Inhumans, the several alien kingdoms….somehow everything is always connected. Its a feeling that cannot be put to words easily and doesn’t do justice when attempted.

4) The Marvel Cinematic Universe

They have translated the same with great effect for the Cinematic Universe. You are made to feel like a part of the universe that is created. Thanks to the fanboys in the creative and management department, none of us fans are made to feel as if we are looking at the universe from a third person point of view. Marvel is as much a right of us fans as it is of the ones who mint money from it.

Can you imagine? When Thanos finally makes landfall, we will have so many heroes pitted against him. And I have made a list of all of them. The Avengers (old and new), the Defenders, the Inhumans, the Guardians, Agents of SHIELD…they are so many.

Alright, I’ll just go ahead and mention all the heroes we will see featuring:

From the Avengers:

Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, War Machine, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Vision, Ant Man, the Wasp.

From the Inhumans:

Black Bolt, Medusa, Triton, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal and possibly Quake.

From the Defenders:

Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and probably Spiderman too.

The Guardians of the Galaxy:

Starlord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.

And then we can have several SHIELD agents as well.

Imagine how epic it is going to be. And Thanos employing his Mind Gem to cause further trouble and fights.

I only wish Marvel had rights to the Fantastic Four. I wanted to see them, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom in Infinity Wars as well. Guess, we cannot have everything in our plate.

5) The Opening:

I adore the opening of anything Marvel with the comics fluttering in the name. It excites me so much. Its literally the Heroin kick that makes me jump into the story.

So, I end my 1st random fanboying post for Marvel with:

I’m wrapped in strings that hold me down, I love these strings, and all things Marvel.

~ Zalysar Cuvegis